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-New Day come out to the ring to start the show to celebrate New Years before announcing that all three of them will be in the Royal Rumble match. New Day announce that they aren't allowed to have pancakes on doctors orders as Big-E continues to eat pancakes and tosses them into the crowd. New Day then plug the movie Bumblebee before Xavier plugs the Netflix film Bird Box and that there will be a match to determine who will be in a fatal five way with the winner of that match facing Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble.
Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe
Joe backs Jeff into the corner and beats Jeff down in the corner before Joe catches the leg of Jeff and rolls into a knee bar. Jeff gets to the bottom rope for the break before hitting a sit-out jawbreaker and sends the leg of Joe into the ring post repeatedly. Jeff gets back into the ring before Joe rolls out of it when Jeff goes for a figure four as we go to commercial.
Joe is in control as we come back from commercial until Jeff comes back with a double ax handle into an inverted atomic drop and a dropkick for a quick two count. Jeff hits a Twist of Fate before he goes up top and hits a Swanton Bomb, but Joe immediately rolls out of the ring before Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch and chokes Jeff before they get back in the ring right before the count of ten. Joe then reapplies the Coquina Clutch once Jeff gets back in for the referee stoppage and the win.
Winner: Samoa Joe defeats Jeff Hardy via referee stoppage with the Coquina Clutch to advance to the fatal five way number one contender match.
-Rusev comes out and celebrates winning the United States Championship and chants USA until Shinsuke comes out of nowhere and attacks him from behind before Rusev kicks Shinsuke with Lana on his back. Shinsuke then hits a running knee and a Kinshasa to Rusev before holding up the belt and draping it over Rusev before leaving.
Naomi vs Sonya Deville
Naomi beats Sonya down before Mandy distracts Naomi and Sonya rolls her up for a near fall before she's distracted again and Sonya drops her with a kick for another early near fall. Naomi then comes back with a springboard roundhouse kick before Mandy gets on the mic and says she sent Jimmy a picture of her in a towel before Sonya hits a vertical drop uranage for the pin and the win.
Winner: Sonya Deville defeats Naomi via pinfall with a vertical drop uranage.